Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm

Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My new loom!!!

I am so excited about my new loom!!! A friend gave me a heads up that a woman who was a former colonial re-enactor was moving and had to unload a lot of things. Among them was this Structo Artcraft Loom!

It is more of a table loom than a floor loom which pleased me. The pedals are up on the side for changing the warp as you weave. These looms were made in the early 20th century and are all different. Some come in metal and some in wood. They evolved over time but I like this one the best!

What I love is it came already warped and ready to go! This loom is known as "the work horse of looms"! I have been on the search for the manual that goes with the loom. So far I have found it in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C....road trip maybe???

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Herbal iced tea anyone?!

Have you grown those herbs and just don't know what to do with them? Especially those mints that are out of control?! Well let's make some iced tea! First take some spearmint...

some peppermint...

some apple mint...

some lemon balm...

and maybe some lemon verbena or what ever you might have!

Give them a nice little rinse with cold water...

put them into a large pitcher and pack them in really well!

Add some water and bruise the leaves well with a wooden spoon. I then place it in the fridge for a couple days so the flavor will seep out.
I then take some iced tea mix, lemon is really better. You can also use tea bags and make sun tea as well. Add the required powdered mix to the bottom of a pitcher. Add 1/4 of your herbal mixture and fill the rest with water...

and there you go! An iced tea that will impress your friends, taste divine and puts those herbs to use too! Enjoy!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Coon Hollow Farm gets a new sign!

My friend AJ and I were in a dollar store a month ago and came across rolls of burlap for a dollar! I bought two rolls because who can pass up rolls of burlap?! We needed a new sign for our booth when we do fairs so I got started...

with a set of stencils, some elmers glue, a sponge brush and a black sharpie...

a sign was born! This sign will give us the country message we are always trying for!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Houston, we have a Queen!!!

Well the little hive that has been struggling to be has finally materialized a queen! Evidence was in the cells at my last inspection, if you look you can see eggs and different stages of larvae! This means she took a little break from her mating flight and must have started laying right after my last inspection!
The added brood did not net a new queen so I wondered and there it was down in the lower hive body! So away we go, this hive is off and running!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Escape artists, but so cute!

The baby English Angora bunnies are now 3 weeks old! They are gone from adorable little innocent  babies to escape artists! We have mom and babies in a huge dog crate. They have learned to scale the 8 inch nesting box and get out of the cage, over night this has happened! Here is the runt, still tiny but thriving!

Tawny is enjoying her time out from them. Here she is with them cuddling.

A look of all their colors...

A chocolate...

A tort or fawn, the jury is still out on this one...

the runt is an broken chocolate...

an agouti (my favorite!)

a light black...

a baby bunny photo bomb!!! I have held these guys everyday since they were born. They all greet me when I open their cage. I am in love with these sweet little souls! I may have to keep them all!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Is hay for eating or for playing?

Our littles angora babies are now 2 1/2 weeks old and I was watching them nibbling here and there. I gave them some pellets and hay and they went right over and checked out the pellets, but the hay was for playing and hiding! Can you find the 4 bunnies in there?

They heard the dog bark downstairs and went right into hiding mode!

Here is the runt on the right next to one of the other babies. It is gaining and growing fast but still not quite caught up.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Never give up on a hive...

I work in a Nature Center and am lucky to be able to take care of an Observation Hive there. It often needs to be controlled because it only has 3 1/2 frames of bees. Yesterday I removed 2 frames of bees, brood and brought them home.

So, we will add them to the hive that seems to be fumbling. They raised a queen but she did not return from her breeding flight and even after giving them a frame of brood, they did not rear another queen.

To do this we need to separate the bees from each other for a few days by adding a few sheets of newspaper...

place another hive body on top...

and add the new bees. And then I noticed it! A queen cell with a larvae in it!? Seems like I got this frame out just in time!

So we step back, the bees will chew through the newspaper and unite with each other. By this time the new bees will loose the pheromone that they hold from their previous queen. Hoping for success with this hive one way or another. The one thing this hive has been successful with is drawing out all the frames and producing a lot of honey!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Here they are!!! Our new little additions!!!

Here they are! Tawny and Fluffer's new little additions! Sadly she lost her first litter a few months ago so at the advice of my breeder friends we tried again with my better success! She had 7 but one was still born. They are 2 weeks old today!

Here they are at 3 days old! It was all I could do to kiss each and every one of them!

At one week old they are getting their colors. Sadly the white one at the bottom passed away and we were not sure why. The runt at the top has had quite a struggle. Tawny would let me hold her twice a day to nurse him sepearatley.

Here they are at 10 days old, look at the one down at the bottom, he's a mutant! It is twice the size of the runt!

Ah matey! We have eyes opening at the 10th day! So cute!

And here they are at two weeks old! They are moving about and being really jumpy when you go in. I am holding them everyday and Tawny is fine with that. She like to get out and run around the room.

The runt is at the top, rallying and doing well. Getting bigger everyday and nursing on it's own too!

They are too cute for words! They get kisses everyday!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Got Pollen?

We sure do!!! Our first harvest of pollen was quite plentiful! This was from the small hive that was a split last month!

A close up of how beautiful those little beauty's are! Pollen is great for using in allergies, skin care, and other ailments too! We will have this available soon!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Do we have a queen or don't we?

So, I did an inspection on the hive I started on May 20th. It was a split from an Observation Hive. They had queen cells that had emerged but no sight of a queen or any evidence that they had one. The hive was very docile but no eggs. However there still could be a queen, just a little soon to tell, but i am not taking any chances. I added a frame of brood from another hive, lots of eggs, larvae and capped brood as you can see above.

This is the other side of the frame. The little white worm looking thinks are baby honeybees in their larvae stage, the other are capped baby bees! So we give a few days, go back in and see what we have there!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Yummy snacks from the sky!

A lot of work has been going on around here, and among them are tree trimming and clearing. That nets yummy treats for the gang!

Teddy, (the fawn one in the center), actually was wearing the branches! He kicks them and pushes them around as he eats the tender leaves.

Cyrus was in his glory...

and Pru, she could hardly contain herself! Enrichment is so easy with these guys! Just some branches and some leaves to make an afternoon just fun and tasty too!